Skip to comments.Netanyahu lectures Obama in Oval Office
Posted on 05/20/2011 7:56:55 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (AFP) Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu lectured President Barack Obama in his own office, warning him not to chase "illusions" of Middle East peace and opening a deep rift in US-Israel ties.
In a dramatic Oval Office appearance on Friday, after 90 minutes of talks, Prime Minister Netanyahu emphatically vowed Israel would never return to its 1967 borders and laid down a set of non-negotiable conditions for peace talks.
The exchange, which left hopes for Obama's peace drive more remote than ever, came a day after the US president called on Israel to accept a return to territorial lines in place before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, with mutual land swaps with Palestinians .. .
But Netanyahu seized on the notion that he was being asked to return solely to Israel's 1967 footprint, which he said was nine miles wide in places and half the size of the "Beltway" highway surrounding Washington.
"While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines -- because these lines are indefensible," Netanyahu said, looking Obama squarely in the eye.
Israelis argue that returning to the former border configuration would leave Israeli population centers vulnerable and mean uprooting hundreds of thousands of settlers from homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Netanyahu did not however mention the second part of Obama's stipulation -- namely that land swaps between Israel and the Palestinians, would change those 1967 lines to ensure two secure, contiguous states.
The White House insisted that it had never said that Israel should return to a narrow definition of its 1967 territorial lines.
Asked whether Netanyahu was willfully misinterpreting Obama's remarks, White House spokesman Jay Carney said such an observation was "interesting."
Privately, White House officials appeared infuriated by Netanyahu's combative approach, ..
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US President Barack Obama at the White House. He bluntly told Obama that Israel would never go back to "indefensible" 1967 borders to make peace with the Palestinians. (AFP/Jim Watson)
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, May 20, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young
The leader took on the punk.
Combative, arrogant conversations with adults is clearly not OBozo’s strong suit...
That's just stupid. Its like me saying its 2100 hours here, but I didn't say its dark.
Odumbo deserved it. Why would a former Mossad operative take sh*t from a 3rd-class “community organizer”?
Notice who gets fingered for opening the rift.
Ah, the new Obama sycophant talking point --- "Netanyahu deliberately misrepresented the President's remarks. Obama never said that Israel would have to retreat to the pre-'67 borders."
But he did. And we all saw the tape (or read the transcript). The "Obama was misrepresented" card isn't going to work.
What a difference in their faces. PM Netanyahu has a kind face, while Obama looks like he’s stoned.
This is not the look of love...
Let me understand this? The group that asked the other group to commit suicide is infuriated that their idea was rejected? BHO and his clowns do not have a friggin clue........
Every single day that fool occupies the oval office, this country and her allies remain in grave danger. All of Western Civilization, in fact.
Actually, they do. They know precisely what they're asking for. But Unintended Consequences is what they're going to get.
Obama had his a$$ handed to him and he doesn’t like it.
“Privately, White House officials appeared infuriated by Netanyahu’s combative approach...”
More than likely, they were wetting their pants in fear.
It came immediately to mind...maybe it was the great bottle of Cabernet in the rarefied air of South Lake Tahoe
“The Punk Meets The Godfather”
From the “The Who” LP Quadropehenia, 1973
Did a member of the MSM just suggest a Clintonian way for the White House to deal with this spanking?
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington May 20, 2011. Obama's call for Israel to give Palestinians territory it has occupied since 1967 stunned Netanyahu and pushed the leaders' thawing relationship back into the freezer. REUTERS/Jim Young
Amazingly, Obama is going to actually try the "He started it" defense.
These people are children. Stupid children. We saw the speech -- we know who started the fight.
I meant pre-1967 in dog years..
Great pic says everything.
US President Barack Obama (R) hugs Secretary of State Hillary Cinton prior to a speech on the events in the Middle East and North Africa at the State Department in Washington, DC. Obama declared Thursday that the borders of Israel and a Palestinian state must be based on 1967 lines, likely setting up a new clash with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AFP/Jim Watson)
Samantha Powers is the Soros Prop who cooked up this
1967 give away scam !
LOOK UP this evil America hating creature and his husband .
I would guess and say this turned into a lecture....and at the conclusion, Obama had a four-star headache. He won’t ever talk about the Mideast ever changing again, and that’s probably the last Middle East speech of his administration. There’s only three worldly leaders that will counter the President with a five-star performance: Netanyahu, the Chinese Premier, and Putin. It’s best to limit them to fifteen minutes with the President because that’s likely all he can take.
Time to show this Jew hating racist the door!
Pray for America
Next we will hear Netanyahu is racist for going against the little boy.
There is a better one that I like that has Netanyahu looking straight ahead and Obie more like his head and neck have been ripped from his body and haphazardly glued back on.
She’s twice as wide as that skinny imposter punk.
This sort of dead fish look is the sort of look a mafia boss gives to someone who has dissed him and whom he intends to off. I've seen it in the movies.
ROTFLMAO!! Now that’s funny...I don’t care who you are! 8^)
I heard Netanyahu’s remarks on the Mark Levin show. He is an impressive speaker, unlike our buffoon of a POTUS. Netanyahu spoke in strong measured tones, and left no doubt where he stood, while our boy king sounded and looked like a pouting college kid who just got trounced in debate class. Bibi Netanyahu will NEVER agree to such demands that would put his people and his country in slavery and death. I wish we had such a man as President. And every fellow American Jew I meet who still supports Obama will know my contempt.
They were probably shocked and infuriated at the notion of Jews resisting annihilation. In the eyes of this crew, Jews are supposed to be meek and subservient.
and he never once looked at a teleprompter or said “uh”.
Netanyahu / West 2012...
It was a teachable moment for Barry.
So we didn't hear what we really heard, WH? Seriously, these people are just P.O.'d it makes Obama look bad. Netanyahu messed with the optics! Damage control afoot. Imagine if this happened under W! Democrats would be cheering the foreign leader.
How does Palestine have a "contiguous" territory including the West Bank, Golan Heights and Gaza Strip without bisecting Israel?
I only see one leader in that picture.
You, you took the words right out of my mouth.
Amazing the difference in the tone and mannerisms of the 2 men.
Would love to see what that body language expert on BOR has to say about Obummer
Bibi should have brought the keyboard, if you know what I mean.